Monitoring pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables remains a key priority for international food safety. Increasing imports from countries, such as China and India, with substantially different regulations to their Western counterparts, highlights the need for stringent pesticide monitoring. Tandem mass spectrometry coupled to chromatography systems, such as gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS), operating in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode has emerged as the industry standard for monitoring residues in fruits and vegetables. However, a continuing challenge in multi-residue analysis is finding a sample preparation method that is as easy, fast, and cost-efficient as possible.
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